Friday, March 11, 2016

Book Review: An Amish Market

 The Amish Market

An Amish Market: Four Novellas by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, and Vannetta Chapman 

From Amazon:

Love Birds by Amy Clipston
While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller
Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it—Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?
Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin
Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.
Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman
Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God 

My thoughts:

An Amish Market kept my attention and each novelette was like a complete book to me.   Nothing was left out and I loved that I could read one novelette in a day and not have to stop in the middle of a story! All had different types of scenarios and believe me when I say I wasn't bored once!  My favorite was the one I was reading at the moment.

Love Birds by Amy Clipston

Amy Clipston captured my attention right away with the telling of Ellie's brother's passing.  I know how that can feel and she describes it so well.  I loved how the Amish rallied around the family during their time of loss. They were there for them in their time of need and for many days after. You could feel the support and the love of the community.

The descriptions also were perfect as she took us through the peaceful country side to a busy town full of tourists.

Ellie was my favorite character throughout.  With just her Mamm and herself she realized she needed to start making money for the household.   She was a hard worker who cared about her family as well as others.

Sometimes we can be overzealous and make bad decisions when we love someone.  Both asking for forgiveness and learning to forgive is hard but only good can come out of it in the end.

Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman 

Love in Store was a wonderful romance book with a nice mystery in the middle. Everything was described so perfectly that I felt like I could picture the village and the surrounding landscape in my mind.  I was immediately drawn into the story

We are never too old to learn life lessons.  Vanetta let us know that God will find a way to help your broken heart if you learn to lean on him.  In the meantime we have to learn to try and stay positive because God has a plan.  

I loved that this book included charactors that were probably close to my age and I instantly connected with them.

In the midst of this romance book was a nice little who done it mystery.  A mystery that was so good I didn't have a clue to who it might be until the end.

A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller 

Kathleen Fuller's book  touched on love, forgiveness, and learning to understand other people's problems.  A Bid for Love had me laughing, crying, and turning the pages because I couldn't wait to read more!  

Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin

Sweeter Than Honey is a story of learning how to forgive.  A story of joy after suffering a great unhappiness and learning to go on.  Told with such great emotion you could feel how inner bitterness and unforgiveness can take over someone's life. The in between part is what kept me engrossed page after page. 

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